We are an independent charity providing expert information and advice to the residents of Rural Cambridgeshire.
Our volunteers, Gateway Assessors and Advisers are trained by our own training team to the highest standards to delivery this information and advice through multiple channels including email, telephone, face to face and web chat.
Please read the Advice/Help article below. Note that many articles reference external websites.
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Finding an article appropriate to you will be the quickest way that you can get help; but if you can’t find help then please get in touch.
How can I reduce my bills?
Gas and Electricity
If you’ve got a gas or electric bill you can’t pay, you should contact your supplier to help you sort out a payment plan that works for you. They must help you do this and you can get help from your local Citizens Advice if they don’t.
You can use the Citizens Advice price comparison tool to compare prices from different energy suppliers.
You’ll need the name of your supplier and tariff – this will be on your energy bill.
You can get a more accurate quote if you know your annual consumption – this is the amount of gas or electricity you’ve used over the last year, measured in kilowatt hours (kwh). Find this on your annual statement if you have one.
If you’re struggling to pay your water bills and you haven’t got a water meter, check whether having one installed will save you money. Many water companies have water usage calculators on their websites to help you work out how much you are likely to pay if you have a meter.
You can also look at ways of using less water, and you should make sure you don’t have any water leaks that are making your bills higher than they should be.
If you’re having problems paying a water bill, talk to your water company as soon as you can. You might be able to spread payments over a longer period through a payment plan. Water companies accept a variety of payment methods.
If you are unable to find the help/advice that you require in the above article(s) then the next quickest way to get help is by filling in the following Advice form. By taking the time to enter all the information it will help us to help you quicker than if you just call us.
Read client agreement
Citizens Advice Rural Cambs will provide you with:
Any follow up work will be agreed between your adviser and you. This may include negotiating on your behalf with other organisations by letter or phone. We will discuss any offer with you before accepting it, unless you have specifically told us what to do.
A complaints procedure,
if you are not satisfied with the service we have provided. If you wish to complain, please ask for the leaflet which explains how to complain.
We cannot guarantee to take on all cases, even if someone is already a client. We may also have to stop advising you if we believe we cannot make progress on your case for you or there is no further good outcome that can be gained, or if you do not do what we expect of you (see below).
In return, we expect you:
To keep appointments you have made with us or let us know in advance if you can’t make it.
To inform us of any changes in your circumstances which may be relevant to your case. Examples of relevant changes are change of address, birth of a child, additional income
To bring in all the papers relevant to your case which your adviser asks for. This includes notification of court or tribunal dates etc.
Not to take action on your case on your own behalf without discussing it first with your adviser.
To provide written evidence of your income, debts or other financial matters where appropriate. Your adviser will let you know what is needed.
To follow our advice – unless you and your adviser agree you should do something different.
To be honest with us about the circumstances of your case, for instance by telling us about all your debts and income or what led up to your being asked to leave your employment.
To always treat our staff and volunteers with dignity and respect.
We reserve the right to stop advising you if:
You turn down a reasonable offer from the other party because you wish to take the matter to a tribunal or court hearing. Your adviser will discuss with you whether an offer is reasonable in the circumstances.
You do not follow our expectations listed here.
Where we offer help
CARC service update due to Coronavirus (26/03/2020)
Unfortunately, due to the current situation with Coronavirus we are not able to provide the face-to-face services at any of our offices.
If you need urgent help please call our Adviceline. Please note that our advisers are very busy, so if you are able to submit an advice form it would help us to offer the best possible service to all our customers.
Our Adviceline service is open from 9:30 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon, Monday to Friday.